Continue education

Autism information, science and new treatments is always updating. TACA recommends continuing education. Continued education is especially important if you have not been to a conference in over 2 years. Attend conferences, webinars, meetings and events.

Evaluate alternative therapies

There are a number of alternative or complimentary therapies worth evaluating for your child at this point. Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT), Music Therapy, Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Neurofeedback, Aquatic Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy,

Refine supplements

With your updated medical lab work, and hopefully a new weight measurement, in hand, talk to your doctor about refining your child’s supplements. Some of the questions you should ask are: Do the dosages need to be adjusted up or down? Do you need to add new vitamins? Can you remove some all together? Should […]

Get involved in state and federal legislation efforts

State and federal legislation can greatly impact your child’s education, services and adulthood options. Get involved and stay involved in legislative efforts. TACA Blog is a great place to learn about some of the important legislation that may affect your family.

Perform annual medical tests

Annually, your Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) doctor will want to repeat some tests including Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), Immunoglobulin G (IgG) food allergies, complete blood count (CBC) and red blood cell count (RBC). Have your regular doctor order these under insurance!

Perform annual assessments

Each of your child’s therapists should perform and provide reports at least once per year. Sit down with the therapist and go over the reports and suggested goals.

Last Resort: Medications

The use of pharmacology, e.g. sedative medications, should always be the last resort as they do not treat autism. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the use of every treatment in autism is “off-label” except for Risperidone and Aripiprazole for the treatment of irritability. Autism and Medications: What Parents Need to Know By […]

Continue, review and test other chelation protocols

Chelation therapy is treatment process where an agent is given to scavenge the body for heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum and arsenic. It is felt by many that one of the paths that leads a child towards the symptoms of autism is an exposure to toxins such as heavy metals at a critical […]